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Systems Engineering M.S.

Complex Problems. Creative Solutions.

With a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from University of Houston-Clear Lake, you’ll be prepared to develop, maintain and operate systems critical to life, health, property and the environment. Your skills can be applied to everything from bridge building to spacecraft design. The coursework for this program takes an interdisciplinary approach designed to create engineers who are knowledgeable in diverse systems engineering methods and management so they can then take key roles working in complex systems vital to aerospace, telecommunications, biomedicine, chemical engineering, energy, and manufacturing. The program offers the full range of concurrent engineering concepts and skills needed to specify, implement and support complete systems.

Customize Your Degree to Meet Your Career Goals

With the guidance of faculty members who are dedicated to your success, you’ll be exploring concepts, principles, models, processes and procedures that impact the construction of complex systems. Get hands-on instruction in state-of-the-art labs and master the standards and tools used in the systems engineering process. You’ll gain the insight to create improvements on your company’s current processes and equipment, and integrate their hardware and software programs to produce a fully functional system that will meet the needs of your company and their client base.

This degree plan consists of formal courses, laboratory work and research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Candidates can tailor their program of study to emphasize systems engineering analysis or systems engineering management.

You can also select an optional specialization in Healthcare Systems Engineering.

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Admission Requirements

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  • Systems Engineering M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in a related field including preparation coursework as listed in the catalog. 

Degree Requirements

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Final Deadline - April 1
    Document Deadline - April 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science)
    Document Deadline - February 15

  • Spring

    Final Deadline - October 1
    Document Deadline - October 15

    Early Deadline - August 1 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science)
    Document Deadline - August 15

  • Summer*

    Final Deadline - March 1
    Document Deadline - March 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science)
    Document Deadline - February 15

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL

Systems Engineering M.S. Faculty

Ipek Bozkurt
Ipek Bozkurt

Ipek Bozkurt

Program Chair and Associate Professor of Engineering Management,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3882
Office: STEM Building 2220

Ipek Bozkurt Faculty Bio

James Dabney
James Dabney

James B. Dabney

Program Chair and Professor of Systems Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3852
Office: D108

James B. Dabney Faculty Bio

James C. Helm
James Helm

James Carlton Helm

Associate Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3875
Office: D101

James Carlton Helm Faculty Bio

Ki-Young Jeong
Ki-Young Jeong

Ki-Young Jeong

Professor of Engineering Management,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3862
Office: STEM Building 2222

Ki-Young Jeong Faculty Bio

Jiang Lu
Jiang Lu

Jiang Lu

Associate Professor and Program Chair of Computer Engineering ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3856
Office: Delta 121

Jiang Lu Faculty Bio

Xiaojun Gene Shan
Xiaojun "Gene" Shan

Xiaojun "Gene" Shan

Assistant Professor of Engineering Management,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3814
Office: STEM Building 2218

Xiaojun "Gene" Shan Faculty Bio